Bundle of Nerves

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Situation

Mrs. Clark was brought to the hospital due to heartburn. She had her work-up done. She also underwent an endoscopy and she was a bundle of nerves while waiting for the physician to tell her the findings.

Dialogue

Physician:         Good day, Mrs. Clark! Do you feel much better now?

Mrs. Clark:        Hello, doctor! I feel a whole lot better, but I’m a bundle of nerves right now to find out the results of my work-up.

Physician:         Oh, I understand how you feel, Mrs. Clark, but you need to hold your nerve.

Mrs. Clark:        So, can you please reveal the results to me now, doctor?

Physician:         Your endoscopy finding reveals gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).

Mrs. Clark:        Oh, I’m relieved to know it’s nothing serious. Is it?

Physician:         As of now, we cannot really tell the gravity of your condition so we might have to run further tests to identify the root cause of your acid reflux. We have also already sent tissue samples for biopsy.  Just stay calm, there’s no reason to fret.

Mrs. Clark:        Thank you, doctor!

Vocabulary

  • Heartburn
  • Bundle of nerves
  • Hold your nerve
  • Endoscopy
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease
  • Gravity
  • Acid Reflux
  • Biopsy
  • Fret
Heartburn Burning sensation in the chest usually due to acid reflux

Anna experienced heartburn after eating dinner.

Bundle of nerves An extremely nervous or tense person

I am usually a bundle of nerves before a flight.

Hold your nerve To stay calm during difficult situations

She can’t hold her nerve during an exam.

Endoscopy A diagnostic procedure/examination that involves viewing of an internal organ, specifically the esophagus and the stomach by inserting a tiny tube with the aid of an illuminated instrument (an endoscope)

The endoscopy revealed an inflamed esophagus.

Gastroesophageal reflux disease

(GERD)

A digestive disease wherein the esophageal sphincter (the ring of muscles at the bottom of the esophagus) relaxes and fails to close allowing acids and other stomach contents to backflow into the esophagus

I always experience heartburn right after eating. I feel like I have gastroesophageal reflux disease.

Gravity The seriousness, severity of something such as a disease or a situation

The gravity of his heart disease was so severe.

Acid reflux The backflow of stomach acids usually to the esophagus which causes heartburn

I had a bad acid reflux this morning after having coffee.

Biopsy A medical procedure wherein a tissue is taken and sent to the laboratory to analyze the existence of a certain disease, its cause and extent

Andrew is so nervous to know the result of his liver biopsy.

Fret To worry or be anxious

I try not to fret during exams.

 

thinking-time

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